Armenian president meets with chief of General Staff, who demands Cabinet’s resignation

TASS, Russia
Feb 26 2021
Armen Sargsyan earlier held meetings with the country’s political forces and different branches of power to discuss ways of resolving the internal political crisis in the country

YEREVAN, February 26. /TASS/. Armenia’s President Armen Sargsyan on Friday met with the chief of the armed forces’ General Staff, Onik Gasparyan, who on Thursday said the Nikol Pashinyan-led Cabinet of Ministers must resign, the press service of the presidential administration said.

Earlier, Sargsyan held meetings with the country’s political forces and different branches of power to discuss ways of resolving the internal political crisis in the country.

The General Staff of Armenia’s Armed Forces on February 25 came out with a statement demanding the resignation of the prime minister and his Cabinet on behalf of the military. The statement was signed by the chief of the General Staff, Onik Gasparyan, his deputies and heads of departments and corps. Pashinyan qualified the demand as a coup attempt and declared a decision to dismiss the chief of the General Staff. The president, who according to the Constitution appoints and dismisses the chief of the General Staff at the prime minister’s initiative, has not signed the dismissal order yet. Against this background demonstrations by Pashinyan’s opponents and supporters began in the capital Yerevan.

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